Fellow Media Center MVP Barb Bowman has a great post on Intel’s Wireless Display and how she is using it with a HTPC. Using Netgear Push to TV bridge she has got a laptop screen being pushed to a TV so you get the PC on the TV without having to connect a PC direct. It’s using Intel i5 processor, Intel’s embedded graphics chip, Intel’s 6200 WiFi adapter available in newer laptops and seems a good solution. It gives you another option of powering the TV via the PC enabling internet content on the TV.

Read Barb’s post for all the details


The technology is nearly idiot proof. Connect the Netgear device via the included HDMI cable. Hit the special button on the laptop keyboard and enter a 4 digit code after your device is found. All the networking setup is handled without user intervention. WPA2 security is configured via WPS (wireless provisioning services) behind the scenes to secure the Personal Area Network (PAN) connection between the laptop and the PTV device. An ICS connection to the Intel internal WiFi is also established behind the scenes. You won’t see this in any of Windows 7’s GUI’s or discover it with netsh, but it is present. In fact, while the 6200 Intel NIC is a/b/g/n capable, when using WiDi with the Netgear device, it is not possible to connect to the 5GHz radio in a dual band router. An error message is returned stating only 2.4 GHz is supported. Some additional good news, even in my overly saturated 2.4 GHz environment of 19 different SSID’s, I had absolutely no interference.


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  1. ok. i GUESS there is a niche for this, but it seems to mix the 10ft interface with a laptop interface. I love the capabiltiies of streaming Netflix. But I assume you control it by holding a hot laptop in your lap? Not a great experience IMHO.

    Once again, this raises the issue: what will replace, succeed the Extender?? Especially as the world moves away from DVR’d content on a hard drive, and towards streamed content (e.g. Netflix). Is it Netbook’s, ION devices?
    Microsoft has about 1 year to clearly communicate on this.

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